Archive for the ‘Label Profiles’ Category

Constellation Tatsu is an extremely young and relatively small independent label from Oakland, California. The man behind this exquisite collection of quiescent ambience is Steven Ramsey. During these two years, since the birth of Constellation Tatsu he thoughtfully managed to gather Celer, Hakobune, Cankun, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, White Poppy, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel and Jonas […]

‘Serein’ is an archaic word meaning ‘the supposed fall of dew from a clear sky right after sunset’. However, nowadays we identify this delicate dew as Huw Roberts’ exceptional record label based in Wales, the United Kingdom. The label was founded in 2005 and its original output was to release music for free, but according […]

Founded in 2009 by Jonathan Lees, Hibernate Recordings takes you to the melancholic Northern English countryside in the company of musicians such as Chihei Hatakeyama, Hakobune, Clem Leek, Field Rotation, Simon Bainton and Offthesky (…and the list could go on and on!). The label celebrated its 5th birthday in August, complemented with the presence and […]

For many of us, Australia might seem to be extremely far off, exotic and almost unreachable. Obviously, it has a great deal of specialities to offer, nature and adventure at its best – plus they have Andrew Khedoori as well. Andrew is the founder of Preservation, a record label based in Sydney since 2001, releasing […]

Hi Monique… who are you, where are you, and what have you been up to lately? Hi there, I’m a small girl running a small record label called Sonic Pieces. We are based in Berlin, Germany. This year has been pretty exciting and busy so far. I’ve been working on album releases by two lovely […]

Hey Alessandro, who are you, where are you, and most importantly how are you? I’m a 35 year old guy and i was born and live in the eternal city: Rome. And I’m fine, thank you! My main job is to engineer Microsoft and Linux software systems, but my great passion is music. Let’s start […]

Hey Nicolas, what have you been up to lately? Mostly working on the release and promotion of Fausten’s début album as well as the one by Ben Lukas Boysen and planning what Ad Noiseam will bring out in the second half of the year. Work is also underway for the 2013 edition of the Burn The Machine festival, which […]

Ultimae Records


Hi guys, first of all, who are you, where are you, and how are you? Greetings from Lyon! Sandrine here, the label manager. Doing pretty good actually. Just spent a lovely week with Miktek who came to work on his album in our studio. Spring is finally here and the town is vibrant ! Let’s start at the very […]



Welcome to the world of Denovali Records, a Bochum (Germany) based independent label and mailorder shop, responsible for many of our favorite releases! The catalog of this imprint spans ambient, drone, darkjazz, post-rock and modern classical genres, somehow creating a unique umbrella for a perfect soundtrack. We’ve been following Denovali since its inception in 2006, […]



Founded in 1996 by Olaf Bender (aka Byetone), Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto, Noto, and Aleph-1) and Frank Bretschneider (A.F. Moebius, Komet), Raster-Noton is one of the boundary pushing labels pioneering many aspects of electronic music when it comes to minimal, rhythmic, and experimental aesthetic. Besides for the amazing packaging of the releases, the Chemnitz (Germany) based label has continued […]

Erased Tapes appeared on the scene with a bang in 2007. First a bit exploratory with genres ranging between electro, post-rock, and IDM; then settling into a neatly carved out groove of modern classical, ambient and cinematic electronica; eventually propelling itself into the spotlight of modern day beautiful music with acts like Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, […]

Ghostly International has been on my rotations since the very first release. And almost religiously multiple releases from this Ann Arbor (Michigan) based label appear on Headphone Commute’s Best of The Year special. The label was launched in 1999, and for over a decade has been at the forefront of innovative electronic sound, curating some of our all […]



Experimedia is a record label and mailorder shop from Kent, Ohio, established in 2000. In the last decade the label has introduced the world to the sounds of Jeremy Bible, Mosca, Ryonkt, Koen Park, Clem Leek, Aaron Martin, and many others. The catalog covers releases in ambient, electro-acoustic, experimental, avant-garde, glitch, microsound and everything in between. […]



In this label special we’re featuring a Chicago-based Kranky, known for its output by Pan•American, Loscil, Brian McBride, Benoît Pioulard, Christopher Bissonnette, Boduf Songs, Greg Davis, and of course, Tim Hecker. Interview With Christina Vantzou Christina Vantzou No. 1 A Winged Victory For The Sullen A Winged Victory For The Sullen Interview with A Winged […]

The world seems to be virtually sinking in its own imaginary void. I tried to explain the bad economy to my dog, but he just doesn’t get it. With digital, cloud, and streaming media seemingly dominating the landscape, newly independent labels turn to hand crafted physical releases. Besides publishing beautiful music, the limited packages made […]



In 2010, a Wales-based Serein label made a move from a free digital-only distribution to physical compact disc pressings. The two releases by Nest and Olan Mill received global critical acclaim, and were both featured in Headphone Commute’s Best of 2010 lists. In 2011 the label is trying something different, concentrating all of the efforts […]

As if Ian Hawgood did not have enough to do between running Home Normal and Tokyo Droning labels. As if producing countless albums on labels such as Experimedia, Slow Flow Rec, Dragon’s Eye, hibernate, Phantom Channel, and Under The Spire was not enough to occupy all of his time. As if his mark on this […]

First, I want to talk about Nomadic Kids Republic. What brought on the birth of this new imprint into your family? Where does the name come from? When I first thought about actually forming a label, I came up with the name ‘Noakk’. I liked the idea of having an autumnal, large old dead trees […]

Norwegian independent label, Miasmah, continues to enchant our salivating ears with a unique aesthetic of sonic bliss. Started back n 1999 as a free netlabel by Erik K. Skodvin (aka Xhale, Svarte Greiner and one half of Deaf Center), Miasmah officially converted to a full fledged record label in 2006 with a showcase compilation, titled […]

Hey Paul… I’ve been following the output of your label since the very beginning. You kicked off the sound of Tympanik Audio with the Emerging Organisms in December of 2007. Two years later, in 2009, Headphone Commute featured a label profile of Tympanik. Another two years have passed by… How would you say the sound […]


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